If you are passionate about modern and contemporary art, One of the museums that you should not forget if you are in Paris is the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture.. It is one of the most visited places in France. Its collection houses some of the most famous works by artists such as Picasso or Pollock. Would you like to discover its secrets?
Significant facts about the Center Pompidou
This building is located on Place George-Pompidou and It is an example of architectural innovation. It was designed in the 1970s by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, but its structure was not without controversy at first.
The Pompidou Center has a marked industrial character in which all the water, air and electricity pipes are visible. In addition, all of them are painted with bright colors.
The particular physiognomy of this construction has become an icon of architecture high tech and Parisians know it as ‘the gasworks’. The large public plaza on which it stands is also used as a space for downtown activities.
The interior of the Center Pompidou, on the other hand, is completely diaphanous and it was imagined as an empty container to store anything. In this way, its rational style is accentuated, in addition to allowing natural light to enter thanks to the glazing.
Opened in 1977, the center houses the IRCAM (a music research center), a public library and the National Museum of Modern Art. The latter houses around 100,000 works and is one of the most important modern and contemporary collections in the world.
In the museum you can admire works by artists such as Modigliani, Bacon, Matisse or Man Ray. If you are attracted to his art, join us, we are going to take a tour of the creations that you cannot miss.
The jewels of the Pompidou Center
The museum is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., except Tuesdays, with a general rate of 14 euros. Likewise, the first Sunday of each month a free guided tour is offered with limited capacity at 4:00 p.m. The works on display span the 20th and 21st centuriesthus completing the Louvre and Orsay collections.
Double portrait with glass of wine by Marc Chagall (1917)
The triumph of love and almost dreamlike joy are the feelings that this colorful canvas gives off., as Chagall painted it to commemorate his wedding to Bella Rosenfeld. In it we can observe a mixture of dream and reality.
In the work we see a groom balancing on the shoulders of the bride. Both characters fly over the city of Vitebsk immersed in a party and celebrating their marriage. Above them appears an angel that refers to the couple’s daughter.
It is a very attractive work to see the evolution in Chagall’s brush. When his beloved dies, his enthusiasm and liveliness will tend to more tragic themes, to more somber colors. Be sure to admire this and other works by the artist at the Center Pompidou.
The Source of Marcel Duchamp, one of the icons of the Center Pompidou (1917)
This is a unique opportunity to discover one of the pieces that changed art forever. and how to perceive it. In 1917 Duchamp presented a urinal for an exhibition at the salon of independent artists in New York to which he himself belonged.
His intention was to test the fundamental principle of the group: that of not rejecting any work of art. Said urinal is presented upside down, signed by R. Mutt and under the title Fountain. The artist tries to break with this radical gesture all the established canons, but the work was rejected and disappeared.
The controversy was already served and the ready made had just been born. Today we can see at the Center Pompidou a reissue of the original produced in 1964 under the supervision of Duchamp. A milestone in the history of art that is not exempt from controversy regarding its origin.
Harlequin by Pablo Picasso (1923)
The Pompidou Center houses this canvas in which we can admire the incredible mastery of the painter from Malaga for drawing. The figure of the Harlequin is a constant in the work of Picasso. In this case the face portrayed is that of his friend and his artist Joachim Salvado.
The unfinished character of the painting was done on purpose, giving us a virtuous example that drinks directly from Ingres or David.
Ingres’ violin by Man Ray, one of the beautiful photographs of the Center Pompidou (1924)
The museum’s photographic collection is one of the most famous in all of Europe. This is an exceptional creation of one of the founders of DadaismMan Ray, who spent most of his career in Paris.
The photograph avant-garde it was the field in which he specialized, presenting us here with a wonderful nude from the back of the eternal muse Kiki de Montparnasse. Man Ray is inspired by the sensuality of Ingres and adds two violin openings to the figure with Chinese ink, creating a great composition.
New York City (New York City I) by Piet Mondrian (1942)
The Dutch avant-garde painter, founder of neoplasticism, presents one of his fundamental works. The color contrasts in the superimposed strips of paper form a grid that helps the dynamic optical effect. It is a vibrant work that conveys the impact of electric lighting and the frenetic pace of New York.
monochrome blue by Yves Klein (1960)
The French artist is an important figure within the Neo-Dadaist movement, which emerged as a reaction to abstract expressionism. Klein developed hundreds of pieces with this blue as a theme, an essential color with which the painter recalls nature, the sea or the sky. During your visit to the Pompidou you will be able to immerse yourself in this canvas full of sensitivity and meaning.
Untitled (Black, Red on Black on Red) by Mark Rothko (1969)
Rothko is a primordial figure for abstract expressionism, although he himself refused to be in any category. His works are usually large format, as in this case.
Come closer to delve into the contrast that the artist makes between matter, light and color. Rothko always sought to give a religious sense to his pieces, he longs for the viewer to get a mystical experience. The colors emerge one on top of the othermanaging to express more complex ideas through a simple composition.
Take the opportunity to lose yourself in this wonderful temple of modern and contemporary art: Brancusi, Salvador Dalí, De Chirico, Warhol or Pollock are just some of the protagonists of the Center Pompidou. A place where design, cinema, new media and graphic arts go hand in hand.